Swaledale ewes sold to a high of £4800 at Kirkby Stephen yesterday evening, with the top price paid for the second prize gimmer from P E and K A Sowerby’s Mossdale flock. This one went to A Skidmore.
Second best of the flying trade was a £4500 bid for the reserve pre-sale champion and first prize gimmer from the late Wayne Winspear, Cragg View, with this one being knocked down to Messrs Sowerby.
Another in-lamb gimmer from Cragg view then went at £4200 and another traded at £3000. And the same vendors enjoyed a roaring trade in the in-lamb ewes too, making £3100 for one, with another from the same home at £2600, and the champion selling for £2300 to Messrs Lightfoot. Others made £2200 and £2000 for the same vendor.
Selling for £2700 was the second prize ewe from Messrs Sowerby, she went to T Brogden. Making the same money was the dearest ewe hogg of the sale, the fourth prize hogg from W M Hutchinson and Sons, Redgate. This was knocked down to M E Simpson, with the same vendors trading the first prize winner at £2400.
Other leading prices including another in-lamb gimmer from Cragg View at £2100.
Averages; Ewes £1678.18 (+£492.18), gimmers £1571.82 (+£743.82), ewe hoggs £954.54 (+£419.54) (Harrison and Hetherington).